couldn't have said it any better myself.ol' yeller said:I voted to ban them. It has been said on many other duck hunting sites, but I feel that it gives people a crutch to lean on. People that haven't bothered to do their homework (or haven't had time) like finding where the birds actually want to be, decoy placement or calling are able to kill as many birds as someone who has been hunting ducks for 20 years.
I'm not knocking anyone who uses them because I use them myself. However, I use them as a way to level the playing field on the weekends. When I'm lucky enough to get a few weekdays off I won't use a spinner and still shoot the same amount of birds.
I whole heartedly agreeh2ofwlr said:I personally think that the Feds should ban them nation wide. It does indeed give a person an advantage to when using them from first hand experience. My bag has not gone up, but then again I usually average 4 ducks for hunt. I t just took a little longer before than now with the spinner. But for the marginal hunter-that is a different story. Some guys go a put out 1 dz decoys and maybe get 1 birds per person, now they throw out a spinner and get 2 to 3 per person-and many hunters are marginal, so the the sheer number of additional birds being bagged has increased. Are live decoys, more than 3 shells in a gun, 8 ga guns, etc... any more effective than a spinners-and yet they were banned over 70 years ago. Where do you draw the line on fair chase? Heck many hunters are seeing the new enemy as Mud Motors being they are so loud and are chasing the birds out of their hiding places-and when you bust the roost-they leave., so many are upset with them. Heck I remember 25 years ago the average OBmotor was a 10hp, now it is 30hp for duck hunting. The bottom line is there have been many technological advances over the last 20 years, MMs, Spinners, Goretex, Bigger boats/motors and more of them, etc... Maybe it it time to start restricting some of this. So the spinner should go IMHO as it is a reasonable start.
I now AR will be banning them for '05 and heard a rumor IL will too next year. PA, OR, WA are already banned and Calif and Mn has partial bans in effect this year.
The Feds need to get a backbone and stand of for the ducks and the sport and ban the spinners.